Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing,
but let us encourage one another.
Hebrews 10:24–25a, NIV
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? I make a few myself. But here’s the one that really counts in God’s Kingdom: “To Make Disciples Who Make Disciples!” OK, Worship Leaders, do you have a plan for developing disciple makers in your worship ministry during 2017? NO? Why not?
Come on, let’s get on it! There are many great plans out there from all kinds of sources. Go find one. If you need some ideas and materials, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you several that we promote from our offices.
But make sure, whatever you do, that you use a method that fits TODAY’S SOCIETAL NEEDS!
Avery Willis in 2005 noted the changes in America that are opening the door for storying in our own society: “The post-modern culture drives much of the revival of storytelling in the United States . . . Most of today’s younger generation and even many of the baby boomers of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s prefer to learn through spoken and visual means rather than written word. There is also a preference towards relational, non-linear learning . . . The problem before us is that most of our preaching, Bible studies, evangelism and discipleship are reader-oriented and very linear-sequential. So how do we change? That is the question of the hour. We must do something before this wave engulfs us and before we lose a whole generation for the cause of Christ.”
If you don’t understand Bible Storying as a disciple making method then STAY TUNED to this blog all during the month of January as I lay it out for you.
Jesus knew the power of stories to communicate truth. When we think of Jesus, we naturally think of his teaching in parables. Stories conveying truth occur throughout the Bible. Bible stories are actual historic accounts while parables are metaphors that are developed to illustrate a point of truth. Both are wonderful means of conveying truth through storying.
The simplicity of the storying method of Bible study is obvious. This simplicity creates a reproducible process in a relational environment, and this is the key to the method’s appeal and accessibility. Using this simple method, you can start a full circle group in your worship ministry and lead it to multiply throughout your church and community every six to twelve months. And further, by adopting a mission project for the duration of your group, you are creating a missional community with a goal of establishing a mission outpost that may become an indigenous church with ongoing cultivation.
Get Ready… Get Set… GO make disciples who make disciples! — Mark Powers
— Willis, “Storying Going Mainstream.”